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Indian Navy To Enhance Surveillance Capability, To Focus On Acquiring New-age Tech

News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi

Published by: Mukesh Kumar Jha
Updated Sun, 21 Nov 2021 07:56 PM IST

Summary

In view of China’s increasing efforts in the Indian Ocean region, the Indian Navy will further increase its surveillance capability in the next few years and has started preparations for it.

The Indian Navy is in the process of preparing a special plan to significantly increase its surveillance capability. It is vigorously focusing on acquiring new technology. In view of China’s increasing efforts in the Indian Ocean region, the Indian Navy will further increase its surveillance capability in the next few years and has started preparations for it. The Navy plans to acquire unmanned vehicles and underwater platforms. People with information related to this have told this to the news agency PTI.

It will be procured as part of the roadmap for unmanned platforms, which was finalized last month at a conference of top naval commanders, a person with knowledge of the matter said. The need for procuring a modern age platform was extensively discussed in the said conference. At the same time, another person said, “Given the developments in the Indian Ocean region, its main emphasis will be on increasing surveillance in strategically important waterways.”

He said that along with the roadmap for an unmanned platform, the third aircraft carrier has to be designed in such a way that it can accommodate both fighter jets and a fleet of drones. The Indian armed forces are focusing on procuring unmanned platforms, including armed drones, after the standoff with China in eastern Ladakh and the drone strike at the Jammu Air Force Station. Those concerned said that the Indian Navy is also looking to procure 30 multi-role armed Predator drones from the US, which will cost around Rs 22,000 crore. He said the government may clear the deal by March next year.

The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) is likely to approve a proposal to acquire MQ-9B drones equipped with air-to-surface missiles by next month, he said. Though the purchase offer has been floated by the Indian Navy, the three wings of the Army are expected to get 10 drones each.

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The Indian Navy is in the process of preparing a special plan to significantly increase its surveillance capability. It is vigorously focusing on acquiring new technology. In view of China’s increasing efforts in the Indian Ocean region, the Indian Navy will further increase its surveillance capability in the next few years and has started preparations for it. The Navy plans to acquire unmanned vehicles and underwater platforms. People with information related to this have told this to the news agency PTI.

It will be procured as part of the roadmap for unmanned platforms, which was finalized last month at a conference of top naval commanders, a person with knowledge of the matter said. The need for procuring a modern age platform was extensively discussed in the said conference. At the same time, another person said, “Given the developments in the Indian Ocean region, its main emphasis will be on increasing surveillance in strategically important waterways.”

He said that along with the roadmap for an unmanned platform, the third aircraft carrier has to be designed in such a way that it can accommodate both fighter jets and a fleet of drones. The Indian armed forces are focusing on procuring unmanned platforms, including armed drones, after the standoff with China in eastern Ladakh and the drone strike at the Jammu Air Force Station. Those concerned said that the Indian Navy is also looking to procure 30 multi-role armed Predator drones from the US, which will cost around Rs 22,000 crore. He said the government may clear the deal by March next year.

The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) is likely to approve a proposal to acquire MQ-9B drones equipped with air-to-surface missiles by next month, he said. Though the purchase offer has been floated by the Indian Navy, the three wings of the Army are expected to get 10 drones each.

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